Seminar - Refugees - we know the problems, what are the solutions?

23 July 2012

The current heated political discourse surrounding refugees often seem out of place for a country that has benefited so greatly from work that migrants have provided over the years. Too much emotion and not enough facts often get in the way of sensible debate on refugee arrivals in Australia.

On Monday, July 23rd at 1pm in the Footbridge Theatre, the Sydney Medical School will host the final 2012 Leadership seminar (one in a series of six) titled "Refugees - we know the problems, what are the solutions?". An expert panel of three will share their views based on data regarding refugees in Australia, as well as provide solutions to the problem. Audience participation will be greatly encouraged to ensure a lively debate.

These seminars are aimed primarily at medical students to help broaden their horizons by stimulating discussion amongst them, as well as preparing them for a role as future leaders in Australian medicine. Chaired by Professor Kim Oates, the expert panel consists of:

Mr John Menadue, A.O., Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, who has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service. From 1980 to 1983, John was Head of the Department of Immigration. In 1985, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for public service. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal 'for service to Australian society through public service leadership'. In 1997, he received the Japanese Imperial Award, The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Kun-itto Zuiho-sho), the highest honour awarded to foreigners who are not head of state or head of government.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed, based in Sydney, is an appointee to the Australian Multicultural Council. He treats refugees both in western Sydney and rural New South Wales. He is also a psychiatrist and opinion columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald. He has a unique range of Board, management and political experience. He is a Governor of the Smith Family, and is also a former national representative for junior doctors within the Australian Medical Association. Dr Ahmed is a regular commentator on social, economic and political matters throughout the entire spectrum of media and has appeared on a range of television and radio programs. He was chosen by a PM's committee as one of a hundred future leaders of Australia and twice as one of 50 "young men of influence" by a popular men's magazine.

Mr Quang Luu AO, Board Director of ActionAid Australia (formerly Austcare) since 2007. Quang Luu was Head of SBS Radio (1989-2006). In 2002, he was named on Australia Day by the Prime Minister, an Australian Achiever of the Year, and was appointed on the Queen's Birthday, an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the development of multicultural broadcasting and social harmony. He was also awarded a Centenary Medal. Quang came to resettle in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

No RSVP is necessary. Any enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Mann at or by phone on 9036 3159.

Time: 1- 2.30pm

Location: Footbridge Theatre, Camperdown campus

Contact: Rebecca Mann

Phone: 02 9036 3159

Email: 2b643d23595c0421103d1f160f61290f447d3712